Homies restaurant is located in the middle of the Marais on a narrow, low-traffic street near the Saint Paul metro. It’s touted as serving Peruvian plates accompanied by French wines in a Brooklyn-esque atmosphere. Here, everything is homemade and based on the sumptuous, well-developed flavors, and I believe it.
I found this spot by accident while running a few weeks ago. After seeing macaroni and cheese on the menu, I knew I had to return to try this almost-impossible-to-find-in-Paris dish.
And return I did. Last Saturday a friend and I stopped by for lunch. Upon arriving, I was delighted by the deconstructed interior. The plywood bar, chalkboard drink list, exposed pipes, and hanging light bulbs created a casual, industrial-chic and cozy atmosphere. Continue reading Homies – That Cozy Spot in Paris
I was invited to a makeup presentation one recent evening at the stunning Serge Lutens boutique at Palais Royal, Paris to test the newly added items to the maquillage (makeup) collection : « Le Necessaire de beauté« . It’s always such a pleasure to skip over to this jewelbox of a boutique at the end of the day for a little indulgence in beauty. Serge Lutens has a way of creating a story and an aura around each one of his products that I find entirely enticing.
One of this things I love about his makeup is the dramatic effect it can have, another is how well thought out the products are. Serge Lutens leaves nothing to chance and considers every single aspect of his products from the coverage of the makeup to the durability of the pigments to the gesture one would make when using them and even the sound a lipstick tube makes when it is closed. It’s all about aesthetic. Continue reading Holiday Hues with Serge Lutens Maquillage
2015 in Paris, has been a year with a giant parentheses of violence on both ends. January saw the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher attacks, and now this November as we near the end of the year and the holiday season, the city of Paris is reliving the horror, and worse this time. At cafés and street corners in the 10th and 11th districts, at the Bataclan concert hall and the Stade de France. The death toll is well over a hundred souls, innocent souls, Parisians out enjoying life and the liberté that this beautiful country offers. Who would have thought that sitting at a café terrace in Paris, France would mean risking your very life… Or going to see a rock concert… or a friendly sports match…
My heart, my broken and saddened heart goes out to all those victims, their friends and families that are devastated at the horrible loss they are now living with. The gaping hole that these murderous terrorist attacks leave in their families and in the minds of us all. This hole that is the uncertainty we now live with.
This Fall 2015 in Paris has given us some glorious weather. Beautiful crisp sunny days with full on Fall foliage! As a girl from New England, I know what Fall foliage is supposed to look like and I can honestly say I have been utterly enchanted this season with the city of light. So many perfect KODAK MOMENTS!
For me, Halloween has always been a time for candy, creative costumes, and fun and why should Parisians sit that out? In school, I learned that Halloween is not really a thing in France, but based on what I saw over the past two days, it is. Yes, it’s true that the French like other Europeans generally celebrate the “Toussaint” as we call it in French, or “All Saints Day” in English, which is what Halloween derived from in America. But they do celebrate Halloween as well. My first stop on my Halloween journey was to the Conciergerie which is a prison and is part of the Palais de la Cité which I will be talking to you about in a minute. My last stop was my favorite destination in Paris for drinks and fun, the famous…Sly Bar. They had an awesome and unforgettable Halloween party that ended a night of fun, costumes, and all things spooky in Paris. Let’s dive in!
Whenever I read travel guides for Paris or watch shows on the travel channel on Paris, they always talk about the same things. They base everything around The Louvre, The Eiffel Tower, and La Notre Dame de Paris. While those things are magnificent and you must visit them… I repeat…you must visit them, but there are other fantastic activities to do in Paris. When you live here and you think you’ve seen it all, you are always proven wrong by something wonderful and thought provoking. I visited « Le Musee Gourmand du Chocoloat » (aka : Choco Story ») here in Paris. Completely unaware that such a thing ever existed here, I found it to be one of the most amazing museums I have ever been to in my life.
Fashion week has come and gone now, and the frenzy with it. Whew… But there is still a bone that I have to pick with fashion week… (hang in there, this is a long post).
I randomly listened to a song the other day that got my mind turning around certain notions in the world of fashion and street style that I have a hard time with. I blog about fashion and brands often here on this site, but I have never really spoken up about how I FEEL about fashion.I think it’s time to include some of that to my site. The song, from the musical Annie : You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile, sings a message of great value. In essence : Though you may be well dressed, without a smile, (aka kindness and a good disposition/a generous spirit) you don’t look good. This immediately implies the opposing concept : although you may not be able to “dress well”, if you put on a smile, you look fabulous darlings!
This got me thinking… I know quite well some people who actually believe that they are superior because they dress well (they were high street name brands, or luxury clothes), and they will flaunt it without qualm. Their worth is all tied up in those threads. Yes, ironic isn’t it. So, these people, if they believe they are so much better because of their wardrobe, then they must think less of others who do not dress like them. Am I wrong ? They are surely missing their inner smile most likely forgotten in their overstuffed dresser drawer.
I also know people who dress in luxury, but judge no one for what they wear…in other words they are fully dressed with a smile included.